Donations and merchandise stolen during charity event in Reno

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Biggest Little Baby on South Virginia and Longley says whoever is responsible for stealing a donation jar and merchandise during a charity fundraiser, will not stop its community efforts.

"We were all just floored, we couldn't believe that the money was gone, and initially it was a lot of hurt and it ended with...whoever took it must've really needed the money,” Laurie Skiles explains. She is a co-owner of Biggest Little Baby which serves as a baby store but provides a plethora of resources for parents.

On Friday October 25, 2019, it hosted a fundraiser for the non-profit Truckee Meadows Birth Network, which offers free resources to needy families. With more than 150 adults and children present, Skiles says the donation jar and at least 400 dollars of merchandise was stolen.

"It's the moms who are donating and we're donating to a good cause, not theft," says Soulee Johnson, a first-time mother who says she greatly benefits from the business’ services. Fellow mom Christy Carr adds, “Just astonished that somebody would even consider doing that during a free annual event that they put on something for the community to participate in.”

From fitness classes, diaper help, breastfeeding, you name it. Through pregnancy and beyond, the Biggest Little Baby is an asset to parents. As customer Amber Katz tells us, “It would have been a pretty miserable pregnancy and child birthing experience without this place. This place has given me all the information.”

"I took yoga classes here throughout my pregnancy that helped me manage anxiety while pregnant, “Johnson says.

"We just wished you would've asked, we have so many connections in the community and so many things that we offer here, we could have helped that person," Skiles says about the person who stole from them.

Many who utilize the business and its free resources say continued support will prevail over wrong-doing and both expectant and current parents can still come in for help for some of life's most precious moments.

Skiles tells KOLO 8 News Now that her team did file a police report, but even with surveillance, there were simply too many attendees at the fundraiser to catch whoever is responsible.

If you can help with this investigation, you're asked to call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

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